Sunday 24th September. Ride to Stedham

It was a beautiful sunny day again feeling like summer with temperatures up to 21C. There was though a fairly strong SE wind.

On the way to the start at Chichester Cross I stopped off at Eastgate Square for a picture of the new Keats Statue.

I was the leader and I was joined at the start by Russell, Sam, Bob and Keith.

We headed out via Centurion Way and then lanes via West Stoke and Funtington and then the B-Road via West Marden to stop for elevenses at Compton.

We arrived there soon after 10.00 as we aim to get a seat as it is a little popular with cyclists on a Sunday morning.

Then it was on up the gradual climb past Uppark of Harting Hill and down into the village and on via a lane to Nyewood. Then it was on via a narrow lane to Dumpford and on to Trotton and a very brief stretch of the busy A272 before  turning off on the lane via Chithurst and a brief check of the route.


The lanes here are very narrow with a lot of accumulated dried mud much in need of clearing. Russell and I had sandwiches on the green at Stedham in the heat of the sun and then went on to join the others at the Hamilton Arms.

We were due to meet Arun Adur at the pub and they arrived an hour after we did about as we were ready to leave but we had time for a chat.

Keith left us after lunch and the rest of us headed back via Severals Lane to Bepton and then on to Cocking and climbing the hill. Down to Singleton and we stopped for tea at a new cafe opened a few weeks ago at Singleton Open Air museum which can be visited without paying to go in the museum.

The return was downhill on the Centurion Way and mileage from and back to Chichester was about 38. My mileage from Pagham was 50.

Last weekend I went to Open House London where many buildings normally closed to the public open their doors. One was City Hall on the South Bank,

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Another was the Royal Albert Hall done as a panorama

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